How To Clean A Chalkboard Painted Wall
Chalkboard walls are tons of fun!!
But they are also messy! Something I didn’t really think about when I painted two different walls with chalkboard paint.
I was getting ready for my son’s graduation party and had just finished painting the chalkboard walls two days before. I knew I had to do something to “cure” them.
Preparing the Chalkboard
1) Painting – 3 coats. Make sure to measure the area you are going to paint to make sure you have plenty of chalkboard paint. The quart went pretty far, I still have some left after all I did. Follow the directions on the can.
2) Cure – After it has completely dried. Chalk up the entire board. It is easiest to use the side of the chalk.
3) Erase and Use
How To Clean Your Chalkboard.
I’m sure you have lovely drawings all over your chalkboard
1) Erase using a chalkboard eraser. (Actually I grabbed a wipe board eraser at the store instead, so I still have to buy one)
I wish you could have seen the chalkboard dust flying while this process was going on.
Guess what you have now? You have a lot of chalk dust all over your baseboard and floor.
Then of course if it isn’t cleaned right away you have the kids and dogs walking through and tracking the chalkboard dust. (not that I would know)
Now that you have erased everything, it is going to look something like this.
I am guessing it would have come a little cleaner with an actual blackboard eraser rather than the dry erase eraser that we used, but you will still have chalk residue either way.
2) Use a rag and wet it, but be sure to wring it out good.
Wipe the wall down and let it dry. It will still have a film on it when it dries.
3) Use a little bit of mild dish detergent or liquid soap and wipe it down again.
4) Rinse it with clean water again.
It should look much better. Mine wasn’t quite dry when I took the picture, so there are a few streaks.
Suggestions if you decide to have a chalkboard wall in your home:
1) Have a dust buster near by
2) Realize it will get messy, so plan where you put your chalkboard wall
3) Use chalkboard markers only. Although I found them to be much harder to use on a vertical wall. I had to go over the wording several times when I was writing the Congrats Tim on the front wall.
4) If you have children with allergies, consider the chalk dust first.
5) Plan ahead and it will still be fun.
6) If you can’t stand dust or mess…really consider your options before you paint a chalkboard wall in your home.